A Brazilian restaurant manager who lives and works in Orlando, USA, is being considered a local heroine after helping an 11-year-old boy who, according to police, suffered torture at home.
During a press conference held by the police yesterday, Flaviane Carvalho said that a boy had entered the Brazilian restaurant Mrs. Potato on New Year’s Day with his mother, stepfather, and younger sister.
The manager says that she noticed a “big scratch” between the child’s eyebrows and shortly afterwards noticed a “bruise on the side of the eye”. Another sign that warned her that something was wrong was that while the family ate the boy’s plate it remained empty.
“I am also a mother and that was very strange for me, because you do not deny food to a child,” said the Brazilian.
Upon discovering that the boy could be being abused, Flaviane went to a point in the establishment where he could see her, but his parents could not.
“I wrote a sign asking if he was okay. And he nodded that he didn’t. A few minutes later, I wrote another sign asking if he needs help. And then he nodded,” said Flaviane.
The police were called immediately and Timothy Wilson II, the child’s stepfather, was arrested that night, despite having denied the child assault charges. Kristen Swann, the boy’s mother, was not arrested until the 6th, after admitting that she knew about the abuse and that she did not take her son to treat the injuries.
Investigations into the case, which, in addition to the mother’s cooperation, relied on the boy’s testimony, led authorities to consider the abuse suffered by the child as torture.
“He [o menino] said straps were tied around his ankles and neck, and he was hung upside down on a door. He said he was beaten with a wooden broom and was handcuffed and tied to a large mobile cart. He also said that he did not eat regularly as a punishment, “said delegate Orlando Rolón.
The authorities said that if Flaviane did not intervene that night, the boy’s story would eventually have turned into a homicide case. Considered a heroine by the police team, the Brazilian considers that “it was the hand of God” that she was in the right place at the right time to save the boy.
Responding to various accusations of aggravated child abuse and child neglect, the boy’s stepfather could face a life sentence, according to the Florida penal code (state of crime). The child’s mother responds to two charges of child neglect that can result in 30 years in prison.